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A Rich November in Tehran


By Syma Sayyah, Tehran (



The cold wind keeps coming and playing with the Tehran citizens; as soon as we turned all the heating on and put on our woollies, we have had an outburst of a wonderful Indian summer which was short-lived but much appreciated as the air is clean and sky is bright and life, despite the notorious Tehran traffic, becomes a little more bearable; and we can even get a glimpse of my beloved Mount Damavand!


But I think that now winter is here to stay and I for one dread the cold weather ahead and at times I ask myself what more I could wear when the ice and snow come along! I guess we shall survive this winter despite the fear in our hearts.


Life has been as busy as ever, the girls from my office, Banafshe and Hedieh and I took part in a charity bazaar in aid of the HAMI School for Afghani kids.  Many of our friends and family as well as many others came and made this event for such a good cause worthy and enjoyable.





Maryam was the project manager and did a great job even though it was her first bazaar.  She received help from many others including Nahid Ashrafi, the head of HAMI.  But Ali and the coffee and cake corner made the event even more enjoyable; and many came and sat in the space provided to sip their delicious coffee and chat with friends while listening to live gentle music played on the keyboard, while their children had their faces painted.  It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed it, even though we were all dead when we got back home.





I also visited two very good shows this month.  The first was at the Golestan Gallery (42 Kamasaie St, Darrous, Tehran Tel. 22541589) where we enjoyed some colourful statues, the work of Ms. Delbar Shahbaz, a talented young lady doctor who has left medicine for art. I found the statues funny and interesting. Life can be too tedious, and I thought Ms. Shahbaz has found an expressive way to make the heaviness of life a little more bearable, and making what is there more endurable.


Delbar Shahbaz


The Golestan Gallery is one of the leading galleries in Tehran sponsoring and encouraging new young talent, and its owner Mrs Lili Golestan (one of the leading Iranian new art supporters and promoters for the past twenty years) has enormously helped artists become well known and excel in their chosen fields.  I have a few samples of Ms Shahbaz's work for you to see.


works of Delbar Shahbaz


The other show was by the talented veteran Mr. Kambiz Derambakhash at the Haft Samar Gallery (25, 5th St., Kooh-e-Nour Street, Motahari Ave. Tehran Tel. 88731403).  Mr. Derambakhash's wit makes his simple but powerful drawings always enjoyable and thought provoking.  Almost all the works were sold out on the opening night, but I was lucky enough to get one of my favourites as a birthday gift from my friends Ali and Touraj who kindly joined me on that visit in the absence of my husband.


works of Kambiz Derambakhsh


I also attended an art show at the Belgian ambassador's residence which was organized by my friend Fery Malek Madani from Brussels and Ms. Javaheri and Ms. Eghbal from Mahe Mehr Gallery (7, Nilofar St, Africa Boulevard, Tehran)  where many examples of new Iranian art were presented.


All your places were empty and I am sure December will be even more interesting; and here are some mixed photos from these events.

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